Dutch Broadcaster Selects Digital Rapids Encoding Systems for Olympics Coverage

Dutch public broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) has selected Digital Rapids’ StreamZ encoding systems to power live and on-demand Internet and mobile coverage of this month’s 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver for audiences in the Netherlands.

NOS will supplement their television coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games with up to eight simultaneous live streams on the Web and extensive mobile content. The StreamZ systems will encode source video feeds into Web-friendly streams for viewing through an interactive experience powered by Microsoft Silverlight technology, and into multiple formats for mobile viewing. The encoded live streams will also be archived for viewers to watch on-demand.

“Our goal at NOS is to help strengthen the position of Dutch sports, by enabling the public to follow the many sports that play an important role in our society across all possible digital media platforms,” sayes Roeland Stekelenburg, Head of New Media at NOS. “During the 2008 Olympic Games, the ratio of streams viewed on our Website relative to the size of our country’s population was one of the highest in the world. Digital Rapids StreamZ encoders allow us to provide the quality and reliability we need for coverage of an event of this significance.”

StreamZ delivers multi-format video capture, encoding, transcoding and live streaming in a turnkey configuration. Combining hardware-based preprocessing with a format-flexible and feature-rich software application, StreamZ supports live and on-demand multi-platform distribution opportunities with real-time, simultaneous encoding to multiple output formats.

“We’re thrilled that NOS has again chosen our award-winning encoding systems for their online Olympic Games coverage,” said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids. “Audience expectations for the breadth, depth and quality of online sports coverage are higher than ever, and StreamZ encoding solutions are ideal for enabling superior Web-based experiences surpassing these expectations.”